London Marathon will now let guide runners collect finisher’s medals
After an outcry on social media by means of individuals who found out that the Virgin Money London Marathon has a coverage of no longer awarding finishers’ medals to guide runners (essentially the ones aiding the visually impaired), the race has reversed its coverage. It introduced the day prior to this that it will now grant guide runners a timing chip, finishers’ medal and T-shirt, along with the loose race access they’ve at all times loved.
The coverage because it stood within the new 12 months, once we first reported at the controversy, was once no longer new. It is not unusual for marathons to provide loose access to guide runners when supporting some other runner, however no longer an legit time or any of the opposite perks that compliment a race access or end, since they’re there simplest to lend a hand their runner. Some observers expressed fear that if guides had been topic to the similar perks as different runners, it might go away disabled runners open to exploitation.
But many visually impaired runners expressed dismay that their guides, with out whom they may no longer run, and who will have to educate for the gap simply as they do, weren’t entitled to any of the conventional rewards that compliment completing a marathon. And apparently the race was once involved sufficient in regards to the optics of the coverage (pun supposed) to switch it.
Our coverage on guide runners on the Virgin Money London Marathon has been reviewed.
— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) February five, 2019
In a remark at the race site the day prior to this, race director Hugh Brasher stated that guide runners do an “incredible job” aiding others, and that guide runners’ legit instances will now be connected to their runner’s legit time within the effects, and their standing as guide will be transparent. They will additionally now be capable to collect a medal and restoration bag on the end line.
It was once additionally made transparent that if the runner they’re connected to weren’t in a position to run the race for any explanation why, the guide runner would no longer be allowed to begin.
Rhonda-Marie Parke, a visually impaired ultrarunner from Kitchener, Ont., commented in an e-mail: “This is amazing! The hope is [that] other races will take note and revise their policies. The next step? Create and celebrate an Athletes With Disability finishers category.”
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